recording of Harrington, by Maria Edgeworth. Read by Jenny Bradshaw and Lee Smalley.
follows the protagonist of the same name who tries to explore his memories in order to understand his views on Jews. It begins with Harrington's early images of Jews, which are formed by a collection stories told by his maid, of Simon the Jew. His parents further strengthen this image by rewarding Harrington's antisemitism. Only after going to public school and coming face to face with the bully Mowbray are Harrington's views on Jews changed. Mowbray's tormenting of a Jewish peddler Jacob causes this sudden shift in thinking. Then with the introduction of Berenice Montenero, an American Jew who moved to England with her wealthy father, all does not run smoothly. (Summary by Michele Eaton)
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August 3, 2013
The word on the street is that the author wrote this to make up for a stereotyped Jewish character she had put into an earlier book. True or not, I'm pretty sure this is one of the earliest (1813) of the pro-Jewish genre that eventually included Daniel Deronda (Elliot), Aaron Cohen (Farjeon), etc. Like the latter, the novel contrasts a couple of Jewish paragons with many non-Jewish cads and bigots.
But for all that it's an engaging story with a heavy dose of romance and well worth listening to. The two narrators do a good job with the material. It's too their credit that neither get lost in any of those long 19th center sentences. Thank you for making this available to the listening public.
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)